The festival, to be held from Sept. 16 to 18, will provide “a platform for local-language literature to engage with its international counterpart” and will also play a pivotal role in bringing Nepali writing to the global stage, says festival director Suvani Singh.
“The idea for the event has generated a lot of interest and excitement here in
Kathmandu,” she told SWAN. “Everyone is keen to celebrate literature and ready to discuss different ideas and issues that are relevant in the sub-continent.”
Singh herself got involved because of her love of books and her experience in holding small literary events at a bookshop she runs in
Kathmandu called Quixote’s Cove.
Free to the public, the festival will hold readings, talks, discussions, and performances at public venues on topics related to literature and language. Ten international and 50 national writers and poets have been invited, and the organizers promise “extensive interaction between the authors and readers”.
The festival also has the worthy aim of boosting literacy. In the run-up to the event, the organizers said in a statement: “Literacy allows for access to information and opportunities to pursue a better future. AsSingh personally hopes the festival will help to change this. She says that the sessions planned cover a wide range of topics to reach out to a more diverse crowd, from intellectuals to people who rarely read books.
enters the second decade of the 21st century, it has a population approaching 30 million and a literacy rate slightly above 50%. Nepal and writing is only just starting to become a feature of Nepali culture and lifestyle. Till now literature in Reading has largely been insulated within the languages of Nepal . As a result, the Nepali voice and conscience are largely absent from the global stage.” Nepal